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Case Watson Doesn't Hold Back on 'The Banshee'

The New York rocker releases a haunting debut EP.

With a voice that would put Amy Lee to shame, Case Watson bursts into the New York rock scene with her new EP, The Banshee.

The Alabama native turned New Yorker is a jack of all trades, holding an acting degree despite spending her days as the production editor at Lucid Studios in Manhattan and her nights making haunting, ethereal music. But these interests are perhaps more related than one may first think. When listening to The Banshee, you can sense the theatricality that brought Watson to film and performance. The music is deeply atmospheric and descriptive. It tells a story and transports the listener to another plane.

The EP features masterful instrumentation that transitions suddenly from moments of calm to whirling sections of chaos. The lyrics match these contrasts beautifully, riding between poeticism and tongue-in-cheek frankness.

"Balloons and Moons" is a stand out track, with a lilting lullaby quality and eerie beatific melody. Watson sings of possibility and peace, saying, "So darling go to sleep/Don't mind the sheep/For something deeper/Longs to leap/Whatever drops/Know from the sobs/Hearts don't really stop/And the moon can't pop."

The opening track, "Fall You in Love," is another notable song. Its unsettling in the best way, with a myriad of instruments crashing in to join the creeping, curious cacophony of the song that eventually leads to the explosive chorus: "Oh I'll fall you in love."

Listen to "The Banshee" just once, and we guarantee, Case Watson will keep her promise and "fall you in love" with her music.

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Brooke Ivey Johnson is a Brooklyn based writer, playwright, and human woman. To read more of her work visit her blog or follow her twitter @BrookeIJohnson.

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The 32-year-old rocker just welcomed her first child, a baby boy named Jack, to the world this week.

Announcing the new arrival on instagram with an adorable photo, Lee wrote, "Our little cub, Jack Lion Hartzler, is here. I have never known the depths of my heart till now. The world just exploded into technicolor."


Now if only she could announce an official Evanescence comeback, then we'd all have a reason to celebrate.

Between all the lineup changes, hiatuses, and legal drama, Evanescence is a hard band to keep up with. Unless you're a loyal fan of the alt-metal rockers, you might not even know if they're still together or not. I certainly have no idea, but we should all find out soon enough when Evanescence (or maybe just Amy Lee) puts out some new music -- which is apparently coming "real soon."

Evanescence are currently independent after splitting from their record label following a $1.5 million dollar lawsuit they filed earlier this year for unpaid royalties. Hopefully they've got something else worked out behind the scenes, because we don't want to have to wait another five years between Evanescence albums.

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Which leads us to thinking--what other male-female duet partners of the late '90s/early '00s are long overdue for a reboot? Here would be some of our dream rematches:

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  • Amy Lee and Ben McCoy. The two hooked up in 2003 for "Bring Me to Life," Evanescence's nu-metal "Total Eclipse of the Heart." Neither band has seen the top 10 since 2003, the year of that track's big pop breakthrough, and it would be nice to see Amy Lee stomping around rock again.
  • Jennifer Lopez and LL Cool J. It's been sort of forgotten to time, but J. Lo and LL's chart-topping, Debra Laws-sampling "All I Have" was actually one of the better pop songs of 2003, a surprisingly thoughtful and emotional ballad of love deteriorated. The song's sort of open-ended conclusion, and Jennifer's recent return to pop prominence, would make the moment ripe for an "All I Have '11." (Nobody puts years in song titles anymore. I blame Ruben Studdard.)
  • Moby and Gwen Stefani. It's not like Gwen really had all that much to do with the musical makeup of 1999's "South Side." But the bald-head lick she supplied to the video was key, and it'd probably be only weirder and more beautiful ten years later on.
  • Christina Aguilera and The Strokes. This pairing never officially happened in real life, and even when it did in make-believe internet land, it wasn't like Christina was trading off verses with Julian Casablancas or anything. Still, if Freelance Hellraiser can clear time on his busy schedule to hook the two up again ("Not Myself Tonight" with "Under Cover of Darkness"?), the pop-blog community would be overwhelmingly grateful for the trip down mashup-memory lane.